Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo

Nothing screams "comfort food" like a piping hot plate of fettuccine Alfredo, right?! It's no secret that pasta with cream sauce is my absolute fave - in fact, it was a "danger dish" that played a huge role in my reaching 251 pounds. Now that I've embraced a much healthier lifestyle, and deliciously healthy cooking habits, I've found a way to make that "danger dish" a guilt-free treat - you're welcome! :)

Here's What You'll Need
(8 oz. Serving)
  • 2/3 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 6 oz. Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1/3 Cup Part Skim Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 TBS. Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 TBS Neufchatel (Light cream cheese may be used as a substitution)
  • 2 Tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Green Onions
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • All Your Favorite Seasonings! (I love garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, etc.)

Let's Get Started!
Whipping up this sauce has never been easier - seriously! While you've got your pasta boiling, combine all ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, until desired temperature is reached. As you cook, stir occasionally. In a matter of minutes, you'll have a deliciously sinless, and oh-so-creamy, pasta dish on your stove top. The best part? Nobody will taste the difference! Give it a try, and see for yourself - Happy Cooking!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Healthy Snacking: 101

Everyday, I get several emails from readers asking me about the specific types of snacks I ate while I was losing weight. I always reply with the same types of answers, but since this is such a hot topic for my fans, I figured I'd take it one step further, by providing you with a crash course in snacking. Welcome to Healthy Snacking: 101!

Get Real About Snacking
Like I always tell people, I didn't get to be 100 pounds overweight because I hate food... I got that way because food rocks! I love to eat, and I'm not shy about it. I've seen those sites that tell you to spend your days snacking on things like homemade oatmeal balls or lemon water, and I just don't find that to be realistic. Every snack featured on my list is simple to get your hands on, totally delicious, and designed to curb your cravings!

The Top 25

  1. Blueberries with a Dollop of Fat Free/Sugar Free Cool Whip
  2. Dark Chocolate
  3. Almonds
  4. Special K Cereal Bars
  5. Low Fat String Cheese
  6. A Bowl of Cereal – Sorry, but Sugary Cereals Don’t Count! Think Crispix or Corn Flakes!
  7. Hard boiled eggs
  8. Sliced Tomatoes with Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
  9. Cranberry Juice
  10. Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges with Cucumbers
  11. Pretzel Sticks with Peanut Butter
  12. Heavenly & Healthy Everything Dip
  13. Sugar Free Jell-O
  14. Watermelon
  15. Animal Crackers
  16. Yogurt Coated Pretzels
  17. Yogurt Parfaits
  18. Low Fat Graham Crackers
  19. Fig Newtons
  20. Whole Wheat Toast with Sugar Free Jam
  21. Sugar Free Popsicles
  22. Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom Double Strawberry Ice Cream
  23. Fresh Fruit Sorbet
  24. Low Sodium Beef Jerky
  25. Sugar Free Lifesavers

By combining these snacks with a healthy workout routine and balanced meals, you'll be able to take your health to a whole new level! Happy Snacking! :)
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